Disposing of drywall

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: recycling and disposal facilities

June 15, 2020:

Help ensure health, safety, and continued operations:

  • Visit our facilities ONLY if absolutely necessary; if you are unwell stay home
  • If you visit our facilities, wash your hands before and after your visit and keep 2 m (6 ft) away from staff and other guests
  • Defer spring cleaning to help prevent overloading residential waste collection and depot facilities  
  • Follow disposal guidelines for garbage and organic waste
  • Store bulky and recyclable items at home until the pandemic is over

Changes at our facilities:

  • Access is restricted to respect physical distancing so expect delays
  • Walk-ins not permitted (vehicles only)
  • Debit and credit payment only (cash/cheques not accepted) 
  • Suspended/cancelled:  
    • Clothing and textiles drop-off
    • NEW drywall drop-off (USED drywall still accepted at Vancouver Landfill)
    • Landfill open house
    • Landfill tours
  • Compost is available for sale at the Vancouver Landfill
    • You must bring your own shovel and use one of the stations set up for self collection
    • Staff can help load customers who have trucks and trailers

New drywall recycling

New drywall (also called gypsum) is accepted for recycling at the Vancouver South Transfer Station and Vancouver Landfill.

New drywall includes unfinished cuts of drywall without tape, mud, paint, or texture coating from new construction and was never installed (also called "cut offs").

Each load of new drywall must be:

Accepted quantities and disposal rates for new drywall

New drywall Vancouver South Transfer Station Vancouver Landfill
Limit per customer 1/2 sheet or 4' x 4' Level pick-up
Rate $10 flat fee (transaction fee included) $150 per tonne (plus $5 transaction fee)
$15 minimum fee (transaction fee included)

Download the Drywall Policy (125 KB)

Warning

Anyone attempting to separate mud from drywall is at high risk of being exposed to asbestos.

Used drywall disposal

Residents: drop off used drywall at the Landfill only

Used residential drywall (including pre-1990 drywall) is accepted for disposal at the Vancouver Landfill from residents that have removed the drywall from their homes and transported it to the Landfill. It does not need to be date stamped or accompanied by test results. It can contain asbestos.

Note Used drywall from contractors and businesses is not accepted.

Each load of used residential drywall must be:

  • Delivered by the homeowner to the Landfill in a non-commercial vehicle. You will be asked to show your driver's licence, so the source of the drywall can be recorded.
  • Double-bagged and sealed in plastic bags that are 6 mil thick (a mil is a thousandth of an inch) before arriving at the Landfill. Each bag must be individually sealed (use instructions below), and the outer bag labelled ‘Drywall’. Labels are available at the landfill weigh scales.

 3 mil bags and 7 mil contractor woven bags do not meet our requirements.

For a list of retailers that sell 6 mil bags that meet our requirements read the Drywall Policy  (125 KB).

Instructions for sealing each bag

  1. Twist the unused top portion of the bag into a tail. Seal the base of the tail with duct tape.
  2. Take the leftover twisted tail section of the bag and bend it around to make a loop. Attach it to the base of the tail using duct tape.
  3. Place the first bag in the second bag, and repeat steps 1 and 2.

Accepted quantities and disposal rates for used residential drywall

Used drywall Vancouver South Transfer Station Vancouver Landfill
Limit per customer Not accepted 10 bags per day, 5 times per year
Rate   $200 per tonne (plus $5 transaction fee)
$15 minimum fee (transaction fee included)

If you have a load containing new drywall and double-bagged used drywall, each type of drywall will have to be weighed and dropped off separately for tracking purposes.

Used drywall and asbestos

Drywall installed before 1990 may contain or be contaminated with asbestos in the tape and mud. It should not be disturbed or removed without protective equipment. 

Learn about the risks from and proper handling of potentially asbestos-containing material from these resources:

Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot

A waste disposal facility and recycling depot all in one. Find out more about our landfill in Delta.